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First Substitute S.J.R. 22
8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This joint resolution of the Legislature proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to
11 modify a provision of the Revenue and Taxation Article relating to state expenditures.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This resolution proposes to amend the Utah Constitution to:
14 . limit legislative appropriations or expenditures from tax revenues to the amount the
15 state spent in one of the five preceding fiscal years, adjusted by inflation or deflation
16 and any change in population, unless three-fifths of both houses approve;
17 . require surplus state revenue to be used for debt service, for budget reserves, and for
18 reserves for emergency preparedness and disaster relief, and require any remaining
19 surplus revenue to be refunded to taxpayers;
20 . reduce the spending limit by the amount required to sustain funding levels for a
21 program or service transferred from state to political subdivision responsibility, and
22 increase the spending limit by the amount required to sustain funding levels for a
23 program or service transferred from political subdivision to State responsibility; and
24 . make technical changes.
25 Special Clauses:
26 This resolution directs the lieutenant governor to submit this proposal to voters.
27 This resolution provides a contingent effective date of January 1, 2013 for this proposal.
28 Utah Constitution Sections Affected:
30 ARTICLE XIII, SECTION 5
32 Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, two-thirds of all members elected to each
33 of the two houses voting in favor thereof:
34 Section 1. It is proposed to amend Utah Constitution Article XIII, Section 5, to read:
35 Article XIII, Section 5. [Use and amount of taxes and expenditures -- State
36 spending limit.]
37 (1) The Legislature shall provide by statute for an annual tax sufficient, with other
38 revenues, to defray the estimated ordinary expenses of the State for each fiscal year.
39 (2) (a) Unless three-fifths of all the members of each house vote in favor of the
40 appropriation or expenditure, and except for an increased appropriation or expenditure required
41 by federal law, the Legislature may not make an appropriation or authorize an expenditure from
42 tax revenues for any fiscal year if the appropriation or expenditure would cause the State to
43 spend from tax revenues in that fiscal year an amount that exceeds the amount spent from tax
44 revenues in any one of the five immediately preceding fiscal years, as designated by statute.
45 (b) The amount that may be spent in any fiscal year under Subsection (2)(a) shall be
46 adjusted, as provided by statute, by a single measure of inflation or deflation and an amount
47 that is directly proportional to the change in the State's population.
48 (c) (i) State revenue prohibited from being appropriated or expended because of
49 Subsection (2)(a) shall be used for debt service, for budget reserves, and for reserves for
50 emergency preparedness and disaster relief, in that order of priority, until the debt service and
51 reserves are funded to a level that the Legislature by statute determines to be adequate, and then
52 any remaining State revenue shall be refunded to taxpayers.
53 (ii) Until debt service, budget reserves, and reserves for emergency preparedness and
54 disaster relief are adequately funded, as provided in Subsection (2)(c)(i), the Legislature may
55 not lower a tax rate if the effect is to reduce revenue to the State.
56 (d) If a program or service funded by State revenue becomes instead the financial
57 responsibility of a political subdivision of the State, the amount of allowable appropriations or
58 expenditures under Subsection (2)(a) for that fiscal year is reduced by the amount of funding
59 that the program or service had while being funded by State revenue.
60 (e) If a program or service funded by one or more political subdivisions of the State
61 becomes the financial responsibility of the State, the amount of allowable appropriations or
62 expenditures under Subsection (2)(a) for that fiscal year is increased by the amount that the
63 State would be required to spend to maintain the same level of funding that the program or
64 service had while being funded by the political subdivision or subdivisions of the State.
65 (f) An appropriation or expenditure of federal funds or for emergency preparedness,
66 disaster relief, or debt service may not be considered for any purpose under Subsection (2)(a).
68 authorize an expenditure if the State's expenditure exceeds the total tax provided for by statute
69 and applicable to the particular appropriation or expenditure.
70 (b) Subsection [
71 suppress insurrection, defend the State, or assist in defending the United States in time of war.
73 tax sufficient to pay:
74 (a) the annual interest; and
75 (b) the principal within 20 years after the final passage of the statute creating the debt.
77 may not impose a tax for the purpose of a political subdivision of the State, but may by statute
78 authorize political subdivisions of the State to assess and collect taxes for their own purposes.
80 be used to support the systems of public education and higher education as defined in Article
81 X, Section 2.
83 vehicles on public highways and proceeds from an excise tax on liquid motor fuel used to
84 propel those motor vehicles shall be used for:
85 (a) statutory refunds and adjustments and costs of collection and administration;
86 (b) the construction, maintenance, and repair of State and local roads, including
87 payment for property taken for or damaged by rights-of-way and for associated administrative
89 (c) driver education;
90 (d) enforcement of state motor vehicle and traffic laws; and
91 (e) the payment of the principal of and interest on any obligation of the State or a city
92 or county, issued for any of the purposes set forth in Subsection [
93 the fees, taxes, or other charges described in this Subsection [
94 including any paid to the State or a city or county, as provided by statute.
96 Subsection (6) of this article are not subject to Subsection [
97 be distributed to the taxing districts in which the property is located in the same proportion as
98 that in which the revenue collected from real property tax is distributed.
100 another political subdivision of the State as provided by statute.
101 Section 2. Submittal to voters.
102 The lieutenant governor is directed to submit this proposed amendment to the voters of
103 the state at the next regular general election in the manner provided by law.
104 Section 3. Effective date.
105 If the amendment proposed by this joint resolution is approved by a majority of those
106 voting on it at the next regular general election, the amendment shall take effect on January 1,
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